1979 in New Zealand

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1979 in New Zealand
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Population[edit]

  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 3,163,900[1]
  • Increase since 31 December 1978: -1,300 (-0.04%)
  • Males per 100 females: 99.0

Incumbents[edit]

Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government[edit]

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]

Events[edit]

  • 17 February – an Air New Zealand Fokker F27 Friendship crashed into Manukau Harbour while on final approach to Auckland Airport 1 crew and 1 company staff member were killed.[5]
  • 24 May – Labour MP Malcolm Douglas is removed from Parliament six months after the 1978 general election, after an electoral petition by National opponent Winston Peters is upheld over irregularities in the votes of the Hunua electorate. Peters subsequently replaces Douglas
  • 30 July – The carless days scheme is introduced, restricting private motor vehicles from driving on one day of the week.
  • 8 August – 1979 Abbotsford landslip: Sixty-nine homes in the Dunedin suburb of Abbotsford are left uninhabitable after 18 hectares (44 acres) of land slips 48 metres in 15 minutes.
  • 3 November – The Evening Star ceases publication. The Dunedin newspaper was founded in 1863.[6]
  • 28 November – Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashes in Mount Erebus, Antarctica, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crewmembers aboard.
  • Two years after its official opening, the new executive wing of Parliament House, known as the Beehive, is fully completed and occupied by the Government.[7]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1979 in art, 1979 in literature, Category:1979 books

Music[edit]

New Zealand Music Awards[edit]

  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR Street Talk – Street Talk
  • SINGLE OF THE YEAR Th' Dudes – Be Mine Tonight
  • TOP MALE VOCALIST Rob Guest
  • TOP FEMALE VOCALIST Sharon O'Neill
  • TOP GROUP Th' Dudes
  • MOST PROMISING MALE VOCALIST Jon Stevens
  • MOST PROMISING FEMALE VOCALIST Tina Cross
  • MOST PROMISING GROUP Street Talk
  • PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Steve Robinson - This Heart This Song
  • ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Gerry Smith – This Heart This Song
  • BEST COVER DESIGN Geoff Chunn, Peter Burt & Dale Wrightson – Just Drove Through Town

See: 1979 in music

Performing arts[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

See: 1979 in New Zealand television, 1979 in television, List of TVNZ television programming, Category:New Zealand television, Category:New Zealand television shows, Public broadcasting in New Zealand

Film[edit]

See: Category:1979 film awards, 1979 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1979 films

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

  • Tony Good wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:18:47.3.

Chess[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Netball[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Births[edit]

Category:1979 births

Deaths[edit]

Category:1979 deaths

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to 1979 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons